A lot of cardinals and some of their allies have been watching the coverage of the new season.
Cardinals’ CEO Larry Baer, who is on the ballot for the first time, says the first game he will be watching is the NLDS between the Cardinals and the Dodgers.
“I’ve watched every game since I’ve been in the game,” Baer said.
“It’s hard to watch something when you’re watching it on TV.”
The Cardinals have already played the Dodgers four times.
The Dodgers have won six of the last seven games.
The Cardinals are the only team with a losing record in the NL West, but they have had some tough stretches lately, including the losing streak in the series with the Brewers.
“We have a chance to make history and make the playoffs and that’s what we’re going to do,” Cardinals president Derrick Hall said.
The team has only one loss this season, and the Cardinals have won two straight games to close the regular season.
Hall said the team has done a lot of hard work, which has paid off.
The franchise has won eight of the past 10 games, and it will be hard to put a price tag on what Hall called the “staggering” run the Cardinals are on.
The Cardinals also have some big decisions to make on the roster, but Hall said he thinks they have a good idea of what they are looking for.
He said that when it comes to finding talent in free agency, the Cardinals had a great deal of flexibility in their free agent signings.
“There are some guys that we didn’t even know we were going to be in that market,” Hall said, referring to the players who signed with the Cardinals before the season.
“You can’t have too many good pieces in the free agency class, so that was great for us to be able to keep some players.”
The roster that the Cardinals will be looking at this year includes a lot more position players.
Hall believes that is a good thing for the Cardinals, because position players help create value for the players on the field.
The roster also includes some veterans who could help the team win games.
“They’ll have to be ready to play and compete for that starting position,” Hall added.
The lineup will be full of players who can provide some offensive value.
The team is also looking at some veterans that have been on the bench, but not necessarily in the lineup.
The starting rotation includes a few veteran starters, but the Cardinals aren’t looking to get too fancy.
The rotation is expected to include the starting pitchers for the most part.
“The starters for the bullpen, for the starters for that position, those are going to play,” Hall noted.
“If we’re able to get some guys back that can go to the bullpen or the rotation and start that rotation, that’s a great addition for us.”
The team also has to figure out how to fix a lot on the pitching staff.
Hall and Baer both said that they would love to get back to the postseason this year, but that’s not going to happen if the Cardinals can’t find a way to fix their pitching problems.
“What we know is that we need to be patient, but we also know we have to make sure we get the right people to be part of that,” Hall emphasized.
“And we have got to find a solution for that, and that will come in a few weeks.”
The rest of the roster is looking to help the Cardinals win.
The outfield is expected be filled with some quality players, including free agent outfielder Matt Carpenter, who was in Arizona during the season but didn’t make the team because of the Cardinals’ injury situation.
Carpenter is expected back in spring training, and he has a chance at an All-Star appearance.
The infield is expected, too, and former first baseman/outfielder Matt Carpenter has a shot at an MVP award.
“He’s a guy that has a lot to offer to the team, and if he gets healthy and can go out there and play like he has in the past, I think it’s going to give us some extra depth,” Hall concluded.